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Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Elections and Ethnicity in Guinea

The traffic along the Route de Fidel Castro, the main thoroughfare that runs through Conakry, was among the lightest I’d ever seen Monday evening. Usually, the infamous embouteillage (literally, “bottle-neck”) of Conakry has vehicles inching along as crowds of people weave through the streets on their way to and from work, or take advantage of

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Mali’s Elections: First Thoughts on Round Two

In Mali, it’s taken to be a good sign when a journey begins under the rain. Yesterday’s voting in Bamako began under torrents, keeping people from the polls. When the skies cleared, the voters turned out for...

Monday, July 29th, 2013

While we wait for election results in Mali

Malians voted yesterday to elect a president for the next five years. Based on the first news reports and the echo chamber of Twitter, large numbers went to vote for this first round, making the possibility of...

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Malians educating Malians ahead of elections

On Sunday, Malians will go to the polls for the first time since a military coup deposed elected President Amadou Toumani Toure in March 2012. As international media have abundtly reported, there are serious concerns over Mali’s...

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Germany’s African “Big Five”

On the occasion of the country’s first “development day” last week, the German ministry for economic cooperation and development launched a new campaign to educate Germans about what development policy is—or more accurately what the “new German...

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The Real Housewives of Harare

It’s election season in Zimbabwe, and so, as before, the State has engaged in ‘urban renewal’ by ‘cleaning the streets.’ Under British rule, today’s Zimbabwean women fought for the right to move about in public. The colonial...

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